Washington State Patrol detectives seek witnesses to I-5 crash that killed Edmonds woman


The Washington State Patrol said Monday that it is seeking additional witnesses to the Interstate 5 car/semi-truck collision that killed an Edmonds woman and severely injured her 4-year-old daughter Sunday, June 22, near Headquarters Road in Cowlitz County.

At approximately 4:04 a.m., Kerri Hartnett-McGill of Edmonds was traveling south on I-5 when she traveled off the roadway to the left, crossed into the northbound lanes of I-5 and collided with a northbound tractor trailer, the State Patrol said. Hartnett-McGill was killed; her 4-year-old daughter riding in a child seat in the rear of the Acura was severely injured. The driver of the semi-truck was not injured, and escaped the truck before it burned.

According to a WSP news release, the State Patrol “had two contacts with Harnett-McGill earlier that morning, and did not detect evidence of impairment or excessive fatigue.” Detectives are interested in talking with anyone else who had contact with Hartnett-McGill in the 24 hours before her death.

“It is routine for detectives to reconstruct the previous 24 hours in the lives of drivers involved in fatal collisions,” WSP said. “The purpose it to learn about any relevant activities, medical issues, possible drug or alcohol use, and the amount of sleep they’d received.

If you have any information about the crash itself or the Edmonds driver’s activities in the 24 hours before the crash,  contact Major Accident Investigative Team Detective Sgt. Jerry Cooper at 360-805-1192 or Detective Dan Comnick at 360-8051160.

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